COVID-19 Blessings

I have taken a lot of things in my life for granted. And now, with all the “extra” stuff in life stripped away, I’m left with the “essentials”.

Honestly, I’m still sitting pretty as I have not lost a person to the virus and I am not financially struggling. But, there are still things in life I miss.

I miss going to a coffee shop and meeting people or enjoying the ambience.

I miss going to the movie theaters or recreational shopping at Ross or TJ Maxx or anywhere with a good clearance section.

Anyone else saving a lot of money right now?

I’m not having to fill my car up with gas every week.

I’m not tempted to stop by Don Peppe’s or Wendy’s for lunch or dinner.

Amazon still gets me every once in a while… but I suppose, this quarantine time is an opportunity to reflect on our “normal” lives.

What do we miss?

Why do we miss it?

How important is it in the grand scheme of things, really?

Less is more.

Anyone else hear that phrase before? Now, more than ever, we might be experiencing “less”. But, what in life is actually “more” right now?

Are we able to spend more quality time with our family? I know I am. I definitely could not foresee spending my last few months of college home with my parents.

Are we making time to genuinely connect with those who are important to us (friends, family)? I know I look forward to phone calls!

Are we appreciating the outdoors, the dog, the simple activities we never had time for? We go out for walks every day, a bike ride at least once a week, work out in the mornings with Camp Gladiator, and attend virtual church with my family every Sunday (for the past four years I’ve mostly gone to church by myself).

My dad came back from Wal-Mart yesterday and relayed to us how the next items that are selling out (after hair dye) are bikes.

We took those biking trails for granted, and now, they might seem to be our only reprieve from a house that might feel like it continues to grow smaller and smaller.

Maybe we have time to exercise for once and to open that devotional book before a family meal.

Maybe we actually “have time” for a quiet time with God every morning, coffee in hand before the house wakes up.

What have we taken for granted?

What have we learned that we actually enjoy about “sheltering in place”?

What are your quarantine takeaways?

My pastor urged his friends and church family to write two lists this week. One, with all the things we did in our “normal” lives that we enjoyed and will be even more appreciative for once we all “go back”.

The other is for all the things we enjoy now that we maybe didn’t have time for pre-corona but should make time for post-corona.

Also, I’d like to encourage ya’ll to add another category: all the things we wasted our time on pre-corona that we shouldn’t go back to.

Perhaps it is “being busy” with so many extracurriculars that are really unnecessary.

Perhaps it is other past times that may not bear wholesome experiences.

My personal goal is to use this quarantine time to sort through my priorities, appreciate what I have, and to be thankful for what I had and will (hopefully) have again.

I challenge ya’ll to do the same 🙂

Authored by Melody Turner exclusively for Lifeword.org (https://lifeword.org/blog/quarantine-takeaways-stripping-away-the-extras/)This article is republished with permission from Lifeword.org.  The text or images of this article cannot be republished, copied or reprinted in any form without written permission from Lifeword.org

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